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ARIZONA READING ASSOCIATION

Alphabetically by Last Name


Brooke Bessesen  
12095 N. 138th Street
 Scottsdale, AZ 85259  
480-661-2666  
brooke@brookebessesen.com  
www.brookebessesen.com
Topics
· Naturalist and children’s author-illustrator
· Writing workshops K to adult

· Presentations on wildlife science and the creative process


Dr. Sigmund A. Boloz  
7480 Esplin Way  
Flagstaff, Arizona 86004
928-523-9528  
sigmund.boloz@nau.edu
Topics
· Increasing meaningful student engagement time with the classroom
· Young Authors' Presentations focusing on writing
· Integrating Reading and Writing Methods and Instruction across the Curriculum


Larry Dane Brimner  
PO Box 87257  
Tucson AZ 85754  520-514-2445  
LDB@brimner.com (best)  
www.brimner.com
Topics
· School visits
· Writing workshops
· Using primary sources in the classroom
· Available for conference keynotes, programs, and panels


JoAnn V. Cleland  
9620 N. 18th Street  
Phoenix, AZ 85020-2317  
602-944-4313  
jvcleland@cox.net
Topics
· Readers' Theater, a Tool for Building Fluency
· An Author's View of Non-fiction for Young Children
· Wordsmiths: Games that Build Language Skills
· Music within Language Arts Instruction


Billie Enz
426 E. Catamaran Dr.   
Gilbert, AZ 85234  
480 734 7041  
bjenz@asu.edu
Topics
· Emergent literacy
· Early childhood education

· First language acquisition
· Parent education


Nancy Bo Flood
4337 County Road 117  Arizona 86004  
Glenwood Springs, CO  82601  
970 456 7746  
wflood@hotmail.com
Topics
·  Using Multicultural Books In the Curriculum: The need for all children to find their stories in books.
·  Stories Untold. Does It Make a Difference? When Children Do Not Find Their Stories In Books  
·  Beyond Bows and Arrows - Finding Good Books About Contemporary Native Americans
·  Early Literacy, the Keystone for Learning
   


Sara Fujimura  
730 E. Eagle Lane  
Gilbert, AZ 85296  
480-540-8326 (H/C)  
saraffujimura@gmail.com
Topics· “Massaging the Muse”-- Music to inspire stories
· “What’s the Scoop?”- Writing fun, informative pieces of nonfiction
· “Creating a Treasure Map to Your Story”- Plotting out stories using six clues
 
Leah Glashow-Mandel
520-390-0113 (cell phone)
lglashow@gmail.com   
Topics· Engagement Strategies· Assessment Design
· Using Rubrics for Instruction and Assessment
· Disciplinary Literacy, Grades 6-12:  
Writing Process

Reading Strategies for Fiction and Nonfiction
Argumentation

Writing-to-Learn
Research Strategies


Yetta Goodman Kenneth Goodman   
7914 S. Galileo Lane  
Tucson, AZ. 85747  
520-745-6895  
ygoodman@u.arizona.edu  
kgoodman@u.arizona.edu
Topics·
 Reading to Learn not just learning to read
· What we DO KNOW about how young children become literate
· Family and school literacy: the role of parents and teachers in literacy learning of parents and teachers in literacy

  learning
· Can present together or singly


Barbara Gowan  
PO Box 5674  
Carefree, AZ  85377  
480-502-8697  
www.BarbaraGowan.com  
bgowan54@cox.net
Topics· Meet the Author-Barbara Gowan
· Biography-the Human Face of History
· C is for Creativity-Writing Alphabet Books
· Discover the World through ABC Books
· How to Read a Building· Power of the Picture Book
· Read Any Good Math Lately?
· Sharing Nature through Picture Books
· Writer's Toolbox: Connecting with Primary Sources
· Writer's Toolbox: Strategies for Reading and Writing Nonfiction
· Writing from Nature


Shelley Gray, Ph.D.  
PO Box 870102  
Tempe, AZ. 85287-0102  
480-965-6796
Shelley.Gray@asu.edu
Topics· Reading comprehension  
· Early literacy    
· Reading disability     
· Reading development    


Connie Sue Greiner  
Assistant Professor - Andres School of Education  
Mesa, AZ Center
Upper Iowa University  
1361 S. Alma School Road  
Mesa, AZ   85210  
480-834-4620  
480-834-4362 fax  
972-971-5358 cell  
greinerc@uiu.edu  
www.uiu.edu/mesa
Topics

· Effective vocabulary instructional strategies
· Close reading strategies


Michelle Parker-Rock, M.Ed.
​National Literacy Consultant and Speaker
​Curriculum Developer and Creator of Literacy Resources for Reading and Writing
Literacy Advocate (ARA Advocacy Chairperson) Author of Books for Young Readers
National Publishers' Consultant
Writing Instructor Piper Writers Center Arizona State University
Regional Advisor - Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI AZ)
​Recipient of the 9th Annual New Jersey Governor's Award
SCBWI 2011 Member of the Year
​P O Box 26596
Scottsdale, AZ
Michelle@MichelleParker-Rock.com
​www.MichelleParker-Rock.com (See website for more details.)
Available for:
· Author Visits at Schools, Libraries, Young Writers' Events, and Adult Writers' Conferences
· Professional Educational Speaking Engagements and Workshop Presentations at Schools, Libraries,      

  Educational Conferences, Family Literacy Events, and Book Festivals
Topics

· Writing Workshops (Customizable for Writers of all Ages - Youth to Adults)
· Choosing and Using Supplemental Fiction and Nonfiction Resources - Pre K - 12
· Literacy and the CCSS, CCRS, State Standards - a Multimodal Approach
· Ready, Set, Research: Meeting the Challenges of Teaching Nonfiction Writing (Customizable)
· Comprehension Instruction and Strategy Awareness: Thinking, Talking, and Writing About Making Meaning

· Middle Grade and Secondary School Content Area Teachers as Literacy Educators
· Building a Literate Community: Teachers, Parents, and Peers as Reading and Writing Role Models
· Demystifying the Powerful "Think Aloud" - Practice Makes Perfect
· Authors Kids Love: Stories Behind the Stories of the Acclaimed Nonfiction Series (Customizable for students

  of all ages and grades.)
· Nuts and Bolts of Publishing (Customizable for Writers of All Ages)


Josephine Peyton Marsh, Ph.D.  
ASU Preparatory Academy/ Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College 85006  
735 E. Fillmore Street,
Phoenix, AZ  
PO Box 878405
Tempe, AZ 85287  
josephine.marsh@asu.edu
Topics
· Literacy Coaching
· Strategies to promote student-to-student questioning and deeper understandings of text (K-8)student-to-student

  questioning and deeper understandings of text (K-8)
· Literacy Professional Communities of Practice in elementary and secondary school


Claire E. Schonaerts  
NAU Extended Campus @ NorthValley Campus  
15451 N. 28th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85-51  
NAU Office Phone: 602.776.4623  
Personal: 602.725.3395   
Claire.Schonaerts@nau.edu
Topics
· The Stories Behind the Nursery Rhyme     
· Engaging Junior High Readers with Familiar Material
· Practicum Experiences That Support Pre-Service Teachers     


Barbara Schuderer  
1761 Cambridge Drive  
Prescott, AZ 86305  
928-708-0847 home  
928-830-9903 cell  
bschuderer@cableone.net
Topics
· AZ College and Career Literacy Standards      
· Effective Vocabulary Instructional Strategies      
· Close Reading Strategies      
· Effective Student Engagement Strategies     


Frank Serafini  
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College  
Arizona State University  
fserafini@mac.com  
Website: www.frankserafini.com  
Photography Website: www.backcountryimages.com
Twitter: @doctorserafini  
Blog: http://thereadingworkshop.blogspot.com  
6126 E. Almeda Ct  Cave Creek, AZ 
702-493-7073
Topics· The Reading Workshop: Creating Space for Readers    
· Reading Workshop 2.0: Teaching Reading in the Digital Age     
· Lessons in Comprehension: Expanding Instructional Practices in the Reading Workshop    
· Talking Comprehension: Using Language to Expand Comprehension    
· Promoting Interactive Discussions Across the Curriculum     
· Visual Literacy: Strategies for Understanding Images and Multimodal Texts     
· The Role of Expository Texts in the Reading Workshop     
· The Writing Workshop: Creating Space for Writers and Writing Instruction    
· Classroom-Based Reading Assessment: Making Assessment Efficient  

 

Flory Simon Ph.D.  
University of Arizona South Elem.Ed. Faculty  
Southern Arizona Writing Project Director  
University of Arizona  
520.626.1168  
520.404.2879 cell  
fsimon@email.arizona.edu
Topics
· Writing Across the Curriculum· Teaching Argument Writing     
· Technology Enhancing Writing    
· Writing and Reading Connection    


Jennifer J. Stewart
520-749-4519
Topics     
· A Writers Journey
· Writing Workshops - K through Adult     
· The Nuts and Bolts of Publishing    


Conrad J. Storad
Author, Editor, Science Writer, Teacher  
7726 S. El Camino Drive  
Tempe, AZ  85284-1442  
480-897-7660  
480-250-9071  
cstorad@cox.net  
www.conradstorad.com
Topics· Writing about science and nature for the non-scientist
· Using storytelling to bring science and nature stories alive for young readers
· More than just the facts - nonfiction writing workshops for students and adults
· Read me a story - techniques for reading aloud to young readers


Dr. Elaine M. Weber
 Resides in Surprise, Arizona from October to May
38849 Golf View Drive  
Clinton Township, Michigan 48038  
586-801-9953  
eweber@misd.net
Topics· Close and Critical Reading    
· Strategies for meeting the Common Core State Reading Standards Grades 4-12    
· Guided Highlighted Reading    
· Scaffold reading for vocabulary   
· Author's craft, perspective, structure, and argument    
· Developing the fluency and focus skills of information writing


Dianne White

2939 E. Red Oak Court

Gilbert, AZ 85297

(480) 366-4593(home)

(661) 755-9093 (cell)

diannewrites@diannewrites.com

www.diannewrites.com

Topics

- Children's book author and educator

- Poem-making in the classroom

- The extraordinary-observation as a "way in" to writing

- Creative arts in the classroom - poetry and collage

    

Analizabeth Doan Woolfolk
520-216-4050   
520-287-8632 work   
awoolfol@email.arizona.edu
Topics
· Bilingual education
· English as a Second language
· Children living in poverty
· Language development
· Experiential learning
· Whole language


Dr. Bob Wortman  
5431 E. Fairmount Pl.  
Tucson, AZ 85712  
520-977-0217  
wortman@u.arizona.edu  
drbob@bobwortman.com
Topics
· Engaging literacy strategy instruction
· Meeting needs of Common CORE· Creating school-wide literacy programs
· Organizing and monitoring independent reading· Building reading and writing stamina
· Organizing reading workshops
· Organizing writing workshops


David B. Yaden, Jr  
University of Arizona
College of Education  
1430 E. Second St.  
Tucson, AZ 85721  
520-626-9838 office  
323-632-1649 cell  
520-621-1853 fax
Topics
· Early Reading achievement
· Early literacy for Spanish speaking students· Acquisition of literacy and bi-literacy in young children

· Family literacy
· Theories of reading disability


Joseph F. Yukish, PhD.
5561 N Largo Papavero
Tucson, AZ 85750  
520-743-6457  
yukishj@mac.com                  
Topics
· Teaching Beginning Reading (K-2) with Power: Teaching for Integration of Sources of Information in Text
· Phonics Knowledge: An Examination of Beginning Readers (K-1) Sequential Development of Phonics Skills and

  How Teachers Can Make Their Use of Phonics More Efficient By Teaching Students to Meaning and Syntax in Text
· Older Students (5-8) Who Are Tragically Behind in Reading: What Do We Do?
· The Value of Leveled Text for Struggling Readers of Any Age: Before Readers Can Approach a Variety of Text at

  Different Levels of Difficulty They Must Become Proficient Readers
· Addressing the Common Core Takes More Than Knowing the Standards in Grades K-2: How Do We Teach What

  Students Need to Meet These Standards?
· Teachers Who Use Storytelling and Interactive Read Aloud Provide a Context for Students to Become Amazing

  Readers and Writers
· Teachers As Storytellers: Making a Story Your Own